Menges Group 5 Slide Series: Monthly International COVID Death Rate Progression & State-Level New Cases and Deaths

This week’s edition compares the monthly progression of the COVID death rate in the United States to other countries that have been hit hardest by the pandemic. The United States currently ranks 9th highest regarding the COVID death rate per 100,000 population, and the USA’s rate is five times higher than the worldwide figure. Unlike any other country among the ten hardest-hit nations, new monthly COVID deaths in the USA increased from June to July and then increased further from July to August.
We also show monthly new COVID cases and deaths per 100,000 by state, presenting March through August and ranking the states on these statistical measures. 18 states experienced their highest number of new COVID deaths during August. Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, and Texas had the highest per capita death rates in August. Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and New Jersey had the lowest per capita death rate in August.